Dedicated Kala staff members work in the areas of program development, exhibition management, fund development, studio maintenance, technology, education, community engagement, and art sales.
Archana Horsting, Executive Director and co-founder of Kala, oversees all aspects of running Kala Art Institute, including supervising development and programming. She received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied art history at the University of Padova, Italy, and art practice at Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia in Venice, Italy. In 2012 she was recognized with an Alameda County Arts Leadership award. In 2014, she was given a Bay Area Visionaries award from Southern Graphics International Conference. In 2015, she received Berkeley Community Fund’s Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal, awarded annually to Berkeley’s “most useful citizen.”
Yuzo Nakano, Artistic Director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute oversees the artistic aspects of Kala by reviewing artists’ portfolios for the residency and fellowship programs and consulting on exhibitions. He is a graduate of Tenri University and Tokyo Gendai Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan. He studied printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. His work has been exhibited in commercial and public galleries throughout the world including the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, where his works are a part of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. In 2014, he was given a Bay Area Visionaries award from Southern Graphics International Conference.
Jamila Dunn, Director of Education, has managed Kala’s Artists-in-Schools program since 2007, developing Camp Kala summer program in 2009, and growing Kala’s youth art programming each year. She brings curriculum development and teaching experience from a number of museum education programs at Seattle Art Museum, The Children‘s Museum (Seattle), Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jamila holds an MA in Art History (Curatorial Studies) and a BA in Art and French. She has co-chaired the Berkeley Art Education Steering Committee (BAESC), an experience that gives her great insight into the role of arts education in the Berkeley Unified School District and the need for continuous, curriculum-based art education for every student.
Ben Engle, Print Studio Manager, oversees all aspects of Kala’s 8,500 square foot print studio facility, including physical improvements, equipment maintenance and shop safety. He conducts orientations for new resident artists, instructing them in use of equipment, explaining policies regarding all equipment, health and safety issues, and assigning storage areas to the Artists-in- Residence. Ben received his BFA in Printmaking from California State University Chico. Ben’s interdisciplinary works focus on the meditative qualities that lie within repetitive motion.
Mayumi Hamanaka, Gallery and Communications Director, has diverse responsibilities including development of the annual marketing plan in collaboration with other staff members, web design and maintenance, curating exhibitions and related events at Kala gallery and outside venues, and managing Kala’s print archive. Originally from Japan, Mayumi is a visual artist, curator and educator. She received her M.F.A from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and her B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of the Murphy Fellowship Award, Taipei Artist Village Fellowship, and others. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Asian American Art Center in NYC.
Amber Hoy, Artist Programs Manager, came to Kala as a Print Public Fellow in 2015. Amber has an MFA from Ohio University in photography and integrated media. As an artist and veteran, Amber’s work explores the slippage between military and civilian life through the use of photography and storytelling. While at Kala, Amber moved from working with Print Public and bridging the relationship between Kala artists and the surrounding community to filling in as Education Manger, coordinating classes and workshops, Artists-in-Schools programs, and Camp Kala, to her new role and permanent position as Artist Program Manager, responsible for all of Kala’s residency programs.
Ellen Lake, Development Director, manages grant writing and reporting and leads the development efforts at Kala, working with the Board and Executive Director on fundraising initiatives. She has over 15 years experience working in the arts and non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, from development, strategic planning, and curatorial to grant writing and public art. She received her MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a recipient of a 2016 California Arts Council Artists Activating Communities grant, 2015 City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, 2014 Alternative Exposure/Southern Exposure grant and 2012 Experimental Media Arts Lab residency at Stanford University.
Liz Moser, Financial Controller is responsible for Kala’s financial accounting including; accounts receivable and payable, payroll, business filings, and QuickBooks financial reporting. She comes to Kala after working 14 years at an accounting firm in Los Angeles as a forensic accountant, small business accounting consultant and QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She also has both a BFA and MFA in Ceramics from Philadelphia College of Art and Tyler School of Arts, respectively, as well as a Master of Science in Administration from Cal State Bakersfield.
Alice Wu, Art Sales Manager, joined Kala in January 2017 with more than 15 years of experience working in the arts and as a creative entrepreneur. Alice oversees Kala’s Art Sales & Consulting Program in the Mercy and Roger Smullen Print and Media Center, represents Kala at art fairs, and works with artists for Kala’s annual auction. Previously, she worked for the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, and curated the exhibition series #LegionPresents funded by a SoEx Alternative Exposure Grant. Alice is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans fashion, sculpture, performance, and curatorial projects. Alice co-founded Feral Childe, a clothing, textiles, and accessories line produced in New York City from 2002-2015. Alice received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University.
Jon Zax, Digital Media & Facilities Manager, is responsible for Kala’s electronic media center, including maintaining and purchasing computers, software, scanners, printers, and video equipment. He conducts orientations for new Kala artists, instructing resident artists in use and policies of equipment. This position also trains artists on equipment and helps trouble shoot technical problems. Jon also owns and operates Lotuscolor, one of the Bay Area’s premier digital imaging studios. An early advocate of digital imaging, he has taught Photoshop since 1990, privately and at various institutions including the Academy of Art University, SF State, the Center for Electronic Arts, and Kala. He is an award-winning photographer and digital artist.